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  • Posted on 18th Apr 2019, 2:29 pm

    Dunes Catering and Alexander’s Recently Featured in Local Magazines

    Dunes Catering and Events, specializing in Hilton Head Island catering for a wide range of events, was recently featured in the April issue of Celebrate Hilton Head (CH2) magazine. Your one-stop catering source was acknowledged for their fabulous food, great expectations, and location.

    “No matter the size or scope of your gathering, food is a focal point, and this is one area where Dunes Catering & Events shines” Linda Hopkins states in the article. “The menu is not so vast that you get lost, but there are plenty of options to meet your every need and desire,” she continues.

    "The food is at the forefront, but it’s not just the food- it’s the service,” Brian Couey, Palmetto Dunes Resort’s Director of Food and Beverage said. “Clients have high expectations, and we are prepared to exceed them.”

    From the presentation down to the tables, chairs, linens, decorations, and of course service, Dunes Catering & Events is prepared to be your partner every step of the way. Hopkins further explains that “Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers five on-site venues including the ever-popular Dunes House, on the beach, with sweeping views of the ocean.” Additionally they “can also deliver to your location on Hilton Head Island. They can provide a private chef, wait staff, or whatever services you need to make your party a success.”

    With their 5 star rating on Wedding Wire and recently named “Top 10 Caterers” on Yelp, it’s no wonder Dunes Catering & Events is a top choice for Hilton Head Island events. You can read thefull article here and for a no-hassle celebration you’ll be proud of, visit the Dunes Catering & Events website, call (866) 650-4130, or email for more information.

    Additionally, Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine bar, the lagoon-side upscale seafood restaurant and wine bar, also had a spotlight in the latest issue of Taste of Hilton Head. When Palmetto Dunes Resort took over as the owner and operator in 2017, there were a fair share of skeptics from loyal diners on whether or not Alexander’s would remain the same as they grew to love. However, as the article states, “This [Alexander’s] is something much more exciting, fueled by a renewed interest in pushing the culinary boundaries and testing the limits of what Alexander’s can be.”

    When it comes to the reviews of the regulars, Barry Kaufman declares that “while his [Executive Chef Sean Carroll] updated approach to the fare that made Alexander’s famous has thrilled regulars, it’s his unbridled creativity in the kitchen that is bringing the restaurant into a marvelous modern era.” To read more on the creative spin on Alexander’s time-tested favorites, the full article can be found here.

    “People are more involved in the experience. It’s more than dining- it’s an experience.” said Executive Chef Sean Carroll.

    Outside of the decadent cuisine, Alexander’s also hosts monthly wine dinners that quickly sell out and is now offering weekly two-course Sunday Brunch service. Be sure to visit to view the full menu and for more information. Reservations are suggested and are available on the website or by calling 888-653-6591.

  • Posted on 8th Mar 2019, 8:16 pm

    Alexander’s Restaurant Awarded OpenTable Diners' Choice 2019

    Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar is an OpenTable Diners’ Choice award winner for 2019! It has been voted by OpenTable diners as one of the best around for the second year in a row since Palmetto Dunes Resort took over as the owner and operator in 2017.

    Located at 76 Queen’s Folly Road on the main entry road to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Alexander’s has been a popular choice of the Hilton Head Island dining scene since 1977. Alexander’s is an upscale seafood restaurant and wine bar, featuring seasonally-inspired cuisine, locally-caught seafood and many locally-sourced ingredients. The menu pays tribute to several classic lowcountry and Alexander’s favorites such as Stuffed Flounder, Shrimp and Grits, and Wiener Schnitzel.

    In addition to the decadent cuisine and lagoon-front setting, Alexander’s also hosts monthly wine dinners and events featuring wonderful wine, spectacular food and lively conversation. New dates and details are being added all the time, so be sure to check Alexander’s website often to see what’s coming soon.

    One recent OpenTable diner said that the “restaurant was very charming inside! Very cozy feel. Service was excellent! Food was delicious. Will definitely be going back on our next trip to Hilton Head." While another calls it “a re-birth in fine dining ... I was drawn to the prime rib and I was so pleased because it was perfect.”

    Come dine with us and see for yourself! To view the full menu and for more information, visit Reservations are suggested and are available on the website or by calling 888-653-6591.

  • Posted on 4th Feb 2019, 8:34 am

    Palmetto Dunes Loves Seafood!

    The 12th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is just around the corner and we can’t wait. This week-long culinary and cultural festival is for foodies and families alike, featuring local chefs, seafood, musicians, and more. Here’s what we’re looking forward to.

    Celebrated Chefs

    Seafood is undoubtedly the star of the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, but the chefs slated to appear at this year’s event are a close second! We’re proud of our very own Executive Chef Sean Carroll who will be cooking up a storm at the sold out James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour alongside some of the industry’s best, like chef, author, and sustainability advocate Barton Seaver, Anthony Lamas, owner of the acclaimed Seviche restaurant in Louisville Kentucky, and award-winning Chef Victor Albisu.

    Lowcountry Hospitality

    Here on Hilton Head Island, we like to think that our Southern etiquette makes us the best kind of host, and the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is the perfect example! Get ready to be a part of the family as you barbeque with some of the region’s best pitmasters, set out to sea for a day of fishing, hang at a good old fashioned oyster roast, or pig out at the Saturday Seafood Festival.

    Amazing Entertainment

    Not only are the events at this year’s Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival promising to be delicious, they’re shaping up to be a toe-tapping good time! From country blues to Motown, to good old-fashioned rock and roll, Lowcountry’s favorite live bands are headed to the Seafood Festival and we can’t wait to dance the night away!

    Incredible Food

    The best part of the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is the food, of course! And we can’t wait to try every last bite. We’re particularly looking forward to the Lowcountry Supper at Alexander’s. Executive Chef Sean Carroll is preparing a beautiful five-course meal including decadent dishes like roasted shellfish velouté, snowy grouper with winter succotash and Charleston rice, and a biscuit doughnut, each paired perfectly with delectable wines.

    What are you waiting for! There are still tickets available for many of these once-in-a-lifetime events, and our HHI Seafood Vacation Packages gives you access to all the action while enjoying all of the amenities of a Palmetto Dunes vacation rental. Come see for yourself why the Hilton Head Seafood Festival is one of the best things about visiting Palmetto Dunes at this time of year.

  • Posted on 20th Jan 2019, 10:28 am

    Alexander's kicks off Restaurant Week Early!

    Guests can choose a soup or salad, entree and dessert from Alexander’s most popular menu items — all for $30 per person.

    Modeled after successful restaurant weeks in New York and other cities, last year’s 10th annual Chamber Restaurant Week featured 70-plus of the area’s top, award-winning restaurants. Participating restaurants offer specially priced or prix fixe menus, signature dishes, new entrées and old favorites.

    Whether it is a place that has never been tried or the area’s newest hot spot, Restaurant Week is the best way for foodies to dine their way through the Lowcountry.

    Located in the entryway to Hilton Head’s venerable Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, at 76 Queens Folly Road, Alexander’s is an upscale seafood restaurant and wine bar, featuring seasonally inspired cuisine, locally caught seafood and many locally-sourced ingredients. The menu pays tribute to many classic Lowcountry and Alexander’s favorites such as stuffed flounder, shrimp and grits, and Wiener schnitzel.

    Alexander’s is open for early dining and dinner, seven nights a week. Reservations are highly encouraged, though walk-ins are welcome. Reserve online at or call (866) 921-6639.

    Alexander’s Restaurant Week Dinner

    Saturday, January 26 – Sunday, February 10

    THREE COURSE Prix Fixe • $30++ per person

    First Course (Choice of One)

    • Lowcountry Crab Soup
      Soup Du Jour
    • Winter Greens
    • Caesar Salad

    Entrée (Choice of One)

    • Alexander’s Shrimp and Grits
    • Fresh Local Catch
    • Herb Roasted Prime Rib

    Dessert (Choice of One)

    • Chocolate Decadence
    • Banana Bread Pudding
  • Posted on 13th Oct 2018, 8:42 am

    Dining Guide to the Restaurants of Palmetto Dunes

    In search of delicious dining during your stay with us? Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find an array of options sure to satisfy any appetite. From upscale experiences to down-home comfort, let’s dig in to some of our favorite restaurants at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

    For Elevated Lowcountry: Alexander’s Restaurant

    A Hilton Head institution, Alexander’s Restaurant has been serving up unforgettable culinary moments for decades with an authentic atmosphere, classic Lowcountry décor, and inspired interpretations of Southern classics. With sparkling lagoon views and local, seasonal menus, this is the quintessential island experience for anniversaries, birthdays, or just because! Their friendly, attentive staff will walk you through a delectable menu that includes stuffed flounder, shrimp and grits, Wiener Schnitzel, and much more.

    What Guests Have to Say

    Went with a party of 15 to celebrate our parents 50th wedding anniversary and our server, Laura, treated us like royalty. Great food—prime rib, lobster tails, and summer green salad were all wonderful! Good wine selection.
    pvail1, Cincinnati, OH – TripAdvisor

    The food was amazing, the service was above and beyond. We celebrated our anniversary and it was perfect.
    Bobbie U., Las Vegas, NV – TripAdvisor

    For Outdoor Eats: The Dunes House

    When the sun is shining (which is pretty often around here), you’ll find locals and visitors alike flocking to this amazing outdoor dining venue just steps from the beach and surrounded by swaying seagrass. With a casual, laid-back vibe, The Dunes House the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of sand and sun. The outdoor kitchen cooks up the island’s best fish tacos, and their lobster and Lowcountry boil nights are legendary. Top it all off with fun live entertainment and inventive frozen drinks, and you have yourself a classic island outing!

    What Guests Have to Say

    This is the perfect beach bar! Food is good, service is great and the price is right. My family had a great time here one night when we stumbled off the beach and unexpectedly a great band was playing. It was a lot of fun. Very family friendly.
    london0574, Philadelphia, PA – TripAdvisor

    Can't beat the view here! The dining is relaxed, comfortable, and casual, but you won't leave here hungry! The fish tacos were incredible! So glad to have spent the afternoon with my grandson on the deck at The Dunes House.
    TGM7447, Baltimore, MD - TripAdvisor

    For Family Fun: Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza

    Treat the whole family to signature Southern dishes, a comfortable, casual atmosphere, and great golf course views at Big Jim’s. Sports fans can certainly get their fix with big screen TVs, and some live action overlooking the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Big Jim’s is ready whenever hunger strikes! Chow down on burgers, unique BBQ pizzas and their signature brisket nachos. You can grab your order to go so you can soak up even more beach time, or get it all delivered if you’re feeding a crowd.

    What Guests Have to Say

    Interesting pizza recipes, excellent sliders, and great happy hour prices on drinks. The staff is friendly and attentive. You know it must be good when you can tell there are groups of regulars there!
    Mark G., Boothbay Harbor, ME – TripAdvisor

    Food was amazing! Great ribs, great pizza, great burgers! Everyone in our group of ten left satisfied and definitely wanting to go back.
    Angie P. – TripAdvisor

    For Fish Fans: Scott’s Fish Market

    A staple of Shelter Cove for nearly three decades, Scott’s Fish Market serves up creative, fresh seafood, with water views from every table. It’s the perfect place to take in the marina’s Tuesday fireworks show with a creative drink from their tropical outdoor bar and the sounds of fun live music—plus their patio is dog friendly! On the surf side of things, popular dishes include oysters (baked, fried, or on the half shell), scallops (all kinds of ways), and seafood enchiladas (while they last). For those that prefer turf to surf, Scott’s pasta and steaks are always cooked to perfection.

    What Guests Have to Say

    Great outdoor seating with a nice view of the sunset. We had great service from our waitress and enjoyed the live music.
    Sue H. – TripAdvisor

    We went here for lunch and really enjoyed it. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the location and the views. They brought our dog a big bowl of water. The service and food were wonderful. I would visit here again.
    BRondeau, Milton, Canada – TripAdvisor

    For South of the Border Flavor: San Miguel’s

    Also located at Shelter Cove, San Miguel’s is renowned for their award-winning margaritas and fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine. You’ll find classics like fajitas, quesadillas, and chimichangas, plus reimaged Southern favorites like she crab soup with a Mexican twist. For lighter fare, San Miguel’s has you covered with the heart smart cabo wabo salad drizzled in chili lime vinaigrette. Marina-side with a laid-back Baja vibe, live music and a friendly atmosphere make this the perfect place to soak in an island sunset.

    What Guests Have to Say

    Our family comes to eat here every year during our summer holiday and it never disappoints. The food is always fresh and tasty, the music and ambience makes this restaurant a place not to miss. During this dinner, we were lucky enough to have Katie as our server. She made this dinner here the best one ever.
    Exploration760502 – TripAdvisor

    Great margaritas, a good view over the harbour, music in the evening, free salsa and corn chips and delicious food. I love their cabo wabo and husband will happily have anything on the menu. Friendly servers and the service is always good and prompt. Can't recommend enough.
    rotterdam0892, Bath, United Kingdom – TripAdvisor

    For a Special Night Out: ELA’s Blue Water Grille

    When you want to really treat yourself or someone special, ELA’s should be at the top of your list. You’ll be treated to an unforgettable waterside experience at this establishment named “one of the best al fresco dining restaurants in America” by Open Table. Be sure to book your patio reservation in advance, as these marina view tables fill up fast. Soak in ELA’s sophisticated atmosphere, and savor fresh catch seafood and prime cut steaks. Pair signature dishes like crispy diamond scored flounder and pan-roasted grouper with a selection from their boutique wine collection, and toast to an elevated evening at Shelter Cove.

    What Guests Have to Say

    From the moment we sat down, we felt well taken care of. The setting is very nice with interesting art. Everything about our meal was fantastic. Nice wine selection. Fabulous oysters. Steak was cooked to perfection. Crab cakes were fabulous.
    Dawn L. – TripAdvisor

    Gorgeous waterfront dining and outstanding service and food. We were greeted with a glass of champagne to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary. The scallops, oysters and fish were outstanding. Wonderful place for a sunset dinner on the water.
    NancyOO7, Raleigh, NC - TripAdvisor

  • Posted on 7th Sep 2018, 4:05 pm

    Alexander’s Restaurant’s Famous Wiener Schnitzel Recipe

    Wiener Schnitzel has been on the menu at Alexander’s Restaurant since it originally opened its doors, so when we heard that National Wiener Schnitzel Day was just around the corner we thought it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with Matt Little, Alexander’s Chef de Cuisine to see how the dish gets made.

    What is Wiener Schnitzel?

    Wiener Schnitzel (German for Viennese cutlet) is a traditional Austrian dish, featuring thin cuts of veal, coated in breadcrumbs and pan-fried. It is long-thought to have been invented in Vienna although its origins may date back as far as the 12th century. The first appearance of a Wiener Schnitzel recipe was in a German cookbook in 1831. It’s traditionally served with a garnish of lemon and parsley.

    Alexander’s Wiener Schnitzel Recipe

    The Wiener Schnitzel at our Hilton Head restaurant Alexander’s is served with a rich brown butter caper sauce alongside velvety whipped potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Watch how it’s made right in the kitchen at Alexander’s and get the recipe to make it at home, below.


    1 Veal Cutlet, pounded very thin

    2 Eggs, beaten

    ½ Cup All Purpose Flour

    ½ Cup Panko Bread Crumbs

    Olive oil


    1. Pound veal cutlet very thin.
    2. Set up standard breading procedure in 3 bowls – dip veal cutlet into all purpose flour, then eggs, then lastly the bread crumbs.
    3. In a hot pan, add olive oil and mix around into pan.
    4. Add veal cutlet – cook on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes per side.
    5. Cook veal cutlet in the oven at 450 degrees for about 2 minutes until brown.
    6. Prepare your demi-glace by adding capers to a traditional Espagnole sauce and simmer.
    7. Serve cutlets topped with demi-glace sauce and garnished with lemon and parsley.

    Time to get cooking! Try this recipe at home and bring the tastes of Palmetto Dunes to your kitchen, and then stop by Alexander’s Restaurant on your next Hilton Head Island vacation!

  • Posted on 15th Aug 2018, 3:42 pm

    Restaurant Spotlight: The Dunes House

    If there’s one thing that signals summer at Palmetto Dunes, it’s the bustling patio at The Dunes House. This exclusive beachfront restaurant is open to guests and residents of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and is the place to be for stunning views, easy summer eats, and a good time.

    Whether you’re grabbing a light lunch before hitting the beach, or enjoying live music on a warm, summer night, or swinging by for one of The Dunes House’s epic Lowcountry Boils, you’ll love the casual, laidback atmosphere, frozen cocktails, and friendly service.

    The Restaurant

    The Dunes House is open for lunch and dinner, weather permitting. Its patio is extra large because it has to be—all of the cooking is done in The Dunes House’s outdoor kitchen. So even if you stop by for a casual drink, we bet that once the smell of the grill hits your nose, you’ll be reaching for the food menu in no time.

    There’s limited on-site parking at The Dunes House so it’s no wonder that many prefer to get there by bike. Between April 1 and September 30, you also have the option of taking the free Dunes Buggy shuttle to and from The Dunes House, for the ultimate convenience. Although, once you’re there, relaxing under the shade of an umbrella (or soaking up the sun) and taking in the sights and sounds of Palmetto Dunes’ beautiful sandy beach just steps away, we bet you won’t want to leave.

    The Food

    When you’re working in an outdoor kitchen, the grill is your star player—and boy, do the chefs at The Dunes House know how to grill! Their fish tacos are legendary, the burgers grilled to perfection, and their Carolina BBQ chicken sandwich has just the right amount of sweet and heat.

    Looking for something a little lighter? Grab a salad topped with grilled shrimp or share a plate of nachos. For those who are on a family getaway, there’s even a special menu just for kids! The Dunes House also offers catering for special events, making it the perfect venue for a family reunion, beachfront wedding, or corporate event.

    The Drinks

    The only thing that rivals the incredible beachside food menu at The Dunes House is their drinks menu! It’s definitely one of our favorite places to grab a drink. Craving an ice-cold beer on a hot afternoon? The Dunes House offers a selection of domestic, specialty, and seasonal selections.

    If you really want to try what the bartenders at The Dunes House are known for, go for one of the frozen drinks. The frozen margaritas are blended with Sauza Gold Tequila and classic flavors, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, try one of the house specialties like the Tiger Paw or the Carolina Beach.

    If you’re into more of a “stirred, not shaken” kind of cocktail, try the Ruby Mule or any of their cocktails on the rocks.

    And, since we're in the South, you can bet there's tea on the menu if you're looking for a Lowcountry sip that's non-alcoholic.

    The Events

    Did you know that there are special events happening at The Dunes House almost every day of the month? Live local entertainment livens up the atmosphere every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights during peak season. If you’re visiting in the summer, swing by on Wednesday for a treat! From Memorial Day through to the end of August, Wednesdays are Lobster Night when they serve up fresh lobster dinners with all the fixings. Looking for an authentic Lowcountry dining experience? The Lowcountry Boils at The Dunes House are a must! They take place on Saturday nights throughout the summer. Check the latest events calendar to see what’s going on.

    When it comes to casual beachside dining and laidback Lowcountry entertainment, The Dunes House is the place to be! What’s your favorite thing about The Dunes House? Tell us in the comments! And don’t forget to share your Dunes House photos with us on social media using #PalmettoDunes.

  • Posted on 19th Jul 2018, 11:59 am

    10 Reasons Why Hilton Head is the Best Island in the Continental U.S.

    Travel & Leisure Magazine has released its annual World’s Best Awards, and guests voted Hilton Head the Best Island in the Continental U.S for the 3rd year in a row! We’re thrilled, and not surprised. If you’ve ever been to Hilton Head Island you know just how spectacular a destination it is! We hear it from guests all the time! To celebrate this incredible accolade, we’re listing off 10 reasons why Hilton Head is the best island.

    10. The Convenience

    With two airports servicing Hilton Head Island, plenty of non-stop flights, and easy land access, getting to Hilton Head is as easy as a South Carolina breeze! This year Air Canada launched non-stop service from Toronto, Canada so even our neighbors to the north can hop on a plane to our slice of paradise!

    9. The Adventure

    Hilton Head Island offers the perfect setting for outdoor adventure. Hit the open water on a sailboat, kayak, or fishing charter, or enjoy the quiet calm of the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon. Bike trails, pillage like pirates, zip-line across the sky, or zoom full speed ahead on a catamaran built for two! There’s no end to thrilling outdoor activities on Hilton Head.

    8. The Wildlife

    Our scenic natural surroundings provide more than just stunning photo opportunities—they’re home to a vibrant and varied array of wildlife, too! You could see dolphins, sharks, fish, oysters, birds, deer, even gators on your Hilton Head Island vacation.

    7. The Weather

    We’re fortunate, on Hilton Head Island, to have some of the best weather around! Not only can we golf year round, we enjoy comfortable temperatures regardless of the season. During the summer months, temperatures soar as high as 89 degrees and even in winter the temperature hovers around 60.

    How to have fun come rain or come shine.

    6. The Laidback Lifestyle

    There’s something incredibly relaxing about the laidback way of life in Lowcountry. We’re never in a rush down here! Taking the time to enjoy the sunshine, beautiful surroundings, and each other’s company is part of Hilton Head’s charm.

    Learn how to embrace the Lowcountry lifestyle.

    5. The Family-Friendly Atmosphere

    Whether it’s the vacation rentals appointed with every convenience and comfort of home, the kids’ camps, family-friendly restaurants, or simply our quiet atmosphere, Hilton Head offers something for the entire family to enjoy! We have guests who have been visiting with their families for years, and kids who have grown up reveling in the fun of a Hilton Head Island vacation.

    4. The Food

    There’s nothing quite like good old-fashioned Southern cookin’, and no shortage of it on Hilton Head Island. From local staples like oyster roasts and Lowcountry boils to Southern classics like shrimp n’ grits and fried chicken, your taste buds are in for a treat when you’re dining in Hilton Head.

    3. The People

    Over and over, we hear from guests who just can’t get over how friendly and helpful everyone is on Hilton Head Island! We think you’ll find that locals are courteous and kind—and up for a good time! Join us at Harbourfest or down at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina for happy hour and you’ll see just what we mean.

    Talk like a local with our guide to Lowcountry Lingo.

    2. The Golfing

    Hilton Head Island is practically synonymous with good golfing, and it’s no wonder! With over 20 championship golf courses, including our three award-winning golf courses at Palmetto Dunes! There are courses for every experience level and playing style, and some of the best PGA-certified instructors to help you improve all aspects of your game.

    1. The Beaches

    If there’s one thing on Hilton Head Island that will take your breath away, it’s our beautiful beaches! Year round our guests are wowed by Hilton Head’s white sand, calm surf, stunning sunrises and beautiful water. Whether you’re biking along the water’s edge, taking a surf lesson, or simply enjoying the view, we think you’ll agree that spending the day at the beach on Hilton Head Island is top notch.

  • Posted on 23rd May 2018, 11:49 am

    Restaurant Spotlight: Alexander’s Restaurant

    A longtime island tradition, Alexander’s had closed following Hurricane Matthew, but has since reopened and is back and better than ever! Serving up seasonal, local cuisine that is authentic and at the same time very much elevated, Alexander’s menu features classic favorites and inspired takes on seafood standards.

    Alexander’s is perfectly placed for an upscale dining experience during your stay with us. Before or after a round at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, a game of tennis or pickleball, or an adventure with Hilton Head Outfitters, it’s ideal for a delectable dinner, a special celebration, or a meetup over drinks at the bar.

    Learn why everyone loves Alexander’s, and what keeps them coming back for more exceptional Lowcountry cuisine year after year.

    The Food

    Alexander’s serves up the best in elevated seafood, but don’t worry, there’s no avante garde molecular gastronomy on the menu here. Just unpretentious Southern classics with a signature Alexander’s twist. With a focus on local fish and produce, this is authentic Southern cuisine for today’s discerning diner.

    Start with their staple appetizer Oysters Alexander’s for a taste of the bold flavors. Fresh oysters from Hilton Head are topped with country ham, lump crab, baby spinach, rich white cheddar and baked to perfection. For a little Asian influence, try the popcorn calamari with sambal syrup and wasabi aioli. The local catch varies by day but is always worth ordering, with local flounder, grouper, and blue crab often making an appearance. Not in the mood for seafood? Try the wiener schnitzel with whipped potatoes and caper brown butter, it’s one of Alexander’s most famous dishes.

    The Restaurant

    Tucked behind shady trees, Alexander’s unobtrusive exterior gives way to clean, classic décor inside that speaks to a quintessential Lowcountry experience. Crisp white linens, an elegant dining room, lagoon-side porch seating, and good ol’ fashioned Southern hospitality create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that turns new diners into fast fans, and keeps loyal patrons returning time and again. Settle in and watch sunlight sparkle off the lagoon draped by live oaks and lush greenery. In the mood for a creative cocktail? The inviting bar area is ideal for discussing your latest round of golf or planning your next Hilton Head adventure.

    If you feel like dining a little earlier, Alexander’s offers an early dinner service from 5 - 5:45 p.m. featuring smaller portions and lower prices than the full dinner menu, but with all of the same fabulous flavor. For wine lovers, the restaurant hosts wine dinners once a month with specially selected menus, paired with fantastic featured wines.

    Why Alexander’s

    The vibe at Alexander’s is elevated, but never exclusive. Dress is resort casual, and you’ll find something to please every palate, with a kids menu and a young adults menu for more mature taste buds. In search of somewhere to host a private function? Take advantage of the private room that seats twelve, or book the whole place for lunch or brunch for larger groups.

    A special touch that makes the space unique is the feature of local artists all around Alexander’s. Currently, you’ll find watercolor painter Margaret Crawford’s beautiful artwork featuring beautiful florals and natural landscapes adorning the walls. If you see something you like, many of the featured pieces are ready to be taken home for a special souvenir!

    Feeling hungry yet? While you’re planning your Hilton Head Island vacation, don’t forget to add Alexander’s to your list! Have you already visited this Palmetto Dunes hot spot? Tell us your favorite thing to order in the comments.

  • Posted on 19th Mar 2018, 3:04 pm

    Restaurant Spotlight: Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza

    One of the best things about Big Jim’s is that not only is it one of the best family friendly restaurants in Hilton Head Island, it feels like a family restaurant. The staff is friendly and welcoming, the food is made with love and care, and it serves up classics.

    Whether you’re celebrating a great round out on one of our golf courses, grabbing a beer and watching the game, or indulging in a “Wine Down Wednesday” glass, or a delicious meal for the whole family to enjoy, Big Jim’s offers something for everyone.

    Not only that, it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, no matter when hunger strikes! And even though the property rentals at Palmetto Dunes have full kitchens, it can be nice to take a vacation from cooking. Big Jim’s has you covered! Call up (or order online) for some take out, or if you’re serving a crowd, request delivery.

    The Food

    We can’t talk about a restaurant without talking about its food, and when we’re talking about Big Jim’s we’re talking about three things: BBQ, burgers and pizza. Of course, that’s only a sampling of what’s on the menu, but if you’re a first timer, it’s a good place to start! The ribs are slow smoked for fall-off-the-bone, finger-lickin’ good flavor (and on Thursdays they’re two for one all day long!). The pulled pork sandwich is a classic Lowcountry lunch choice, and Big Jim’s comes served with tangy coleslaw, fries, and a pickle. Of course, if it’s a classic burger you’re craving, the Big Jim’s Cheddar Burger can’t be beat. The BBQ Chicken pizza uses Big Jim’s signature barbecue sauce and smoky chicken to make a perfect pizza pie, or get creative and make your own using the many pizza-topping options available.

    Get the recipe for a Big Jim’s favorite: Brisket Nachos

    The Restaurant

    Located next to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, Big Jim’s is at the heart of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Even though there is plenty of parking, it’s an easy ride from your rental home on your Hilton Head Outfitters bike. The spacious, sunny patio has fantastic views of the Robert Trent Jones driving range and 18th hole, and the interior is comfortable and casual.

    Why Big Jim’s?

    Big Jim’s is more than a restaurant name! It celebrates an important figure in the history of Palmetto Dunes. Jim Self was one of the original investors in Palmetto Dunes back in 1979. He saw the property’s potential and just knew that he could turn it into a beloved Hilton Head Island vacation destination. Funnily enough, Jim’s nickname was actually “Little Jim” for most of life, thanks to his small stature—he was only 5’7” — but once he had grandchildren, he managed to get them to call him “Big Jim” and the name stuck!

    Big Jim Self had many talents, including sport fishing, golf and cooking! From his killer barbecue sauce to famous Tennessee-style coleslaw, friends and family knew that when they sat down at Big Jim’s table, they were in for a delicious, Southern meal. Luckily for you, little has changed at the restaurant that bears his name.

    Feeling hungry yet? While you’re planning your Hilton Head Island vacation, don’t forget to add Big Jim’s to your list! Have you already visited this Palmetto Dunes hot spot? Tell us your favorite thing to order in the comments.